Fender Katsalidis Architects, Melbourne
For the better part of the late 20th and early 21st century, Australian cities have been pushing the envelope for tall building design, pioneering innovations in transit-oriented development, urban-scale place-making, heritage integration, and vernacular design, all leading to built environments that are considered to be some of the best in the world. Yet, Australian architects, developers, and urban planners cannot rest on their laurels, and new proposals across Australia and internationally are once again pushing the boundaries for what a tall building can accomplish.
The future of the Australian skyscraper is bright. New under-construction and proposed projects such as Australia 108, 350 Queen Street, Sapphire by the Gardens and even Merdeka PNB 118 In Malaysia are building off the lessons learned during the previous waves of development that shaped Australia’s cities. This presentation honed in on the specific qualities that are defining the upcoming crop of skyscrapers, from energy efficiency and sustainability to ground-level interaction and social programming at height.